Drug: Nigerian Student Escapes Death Penalty in Malaysia
A Nigerian student at a private university college escaped the death gallows after a High Court in Malaysia acquitted and discharged him on a charge of trafficking in 21,017gm of drug into the country.
Judge Datuk Abdul Halim Aman ordered the release of Iwu Christopher Chinedu, 30, after finding that the defence had succeeded in raising reasonable doubts against the prosecution’s case.
In the judgment, Abdul Halim said his decision to acquit and discharge Chinedu, a diploma student in business administration, was made after finding that his defence was not an afterthought and a denial.
He said the testimony by Chinedu was credible and consistent with the caution statement that was recorded during investigation of the case.
“The accused succeeded in proving that he had no knowledge and control of the drug,” said Abdul Halim.